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Monday, October 13, 2003
Still on the road.

Just noticed Hesiod's coverage of the latest astroturfing scandal - a flurry of identical letters, supposedly written by soldiers in northern Iraq, published in a bunch of local newspapers under different signatures. What's funny to me is that the same letter was sent to an anti-sanctions list-serve, and it immediately struck me as odd - it went from a plausible and heartfelt description of little kids getting on with the American troops to a sudden, rather jarringly disconnected, political sermon about supporting the President which contained some rather, um, timely RNC talking points. When I saw it, I just shrugged and moved on... and forgot all about it until now. Go read Hesiod for the rest.

Go read Juan Cole's new piece in the Boston Review about the Iraqi Shia. Being on the road and all I haven't yet read it myself, but it's sure to be good and worth your time.

Oh, one last thing - is anyone out there ready yet to admit the possibility, just the possibility, that Dick Vermeil is a great coach? I mean, the lousy Chiefs suddenly look, well, almost Rams-like, and the mighty Rams look, well, kind of Chiefs-like. Nah, probably just a coincidence. Trent Green must be the difference.